EXT. THE FOREST OF ISENGARD. DAY
GANDALF leads ARAGORN, LEGOLAS, THEODEN and GIMLI through
dark woodland . . .
The MOVING FOREST of FANGORN ...opens before them . . .
creating an AVENUE of TREES, which allows them access along
the old ISENGARD ROAD. A THICK, HUMID MIST fills the forest.
SUPER: The Return of the King
ANGLE ON: The FOEST SEPARATES ahead, REVEALING: the RUINS of
EXT. ISENGARED GATE - DAY
WIDE ON: All about, the GREAT STONE WALL is cracked and
splintered into countless jagged shards.
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Far off, half veiled int he swirling STEAM, the TOWER of
ORTHANC stands ... Unbroken by the storm. Pale waters lap
about its feet.
ANGLE ON: TWO SMALL HOBBITS are sitting on the SMASHED WALL
. . . MERRY and PIPPIN! SPREAD before them is a feast of
BREADS, MEATS and WINE. They PUFF on long pipes as they lie
back in the SUN.
I feel like I ' m back at the Green Dragon,
after a hard days work.
Only, you've never done a hard days work.
MERRY cuts PIPPIN off before he can respond in kind.
Welcome, my Lords, to Isengard.
ANGLE ON: GANDALF, ARAGORN, LEGOLAS and GIMLI stare at the
SIGHT before them . . .
You young rascals! A merry hunt you've led
us on, and now we find you feasting and
We are sitting on a field of victory,
enjoying a few well-earned comforts.
The salted pork is particularly good.
(shaking his head)
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We're under orders from Treebeard, who's
taken over management of Isengard.
WIDE: GANDALF leads the company through the flotsam and
jetsam which floats upon the muddied waters surrounding the
TOWER ... TREEBEARD, the GIANT ENT, strides towards them,
ALARMING all but GANDALF.
Huraroom ... Young Master Gandalf, I'm glad
you've come. Wood and water, stock and ,
stone I can master, but there's a wizard to
be managed here ... Locked in his tower.
And there Saruman must remain, under your
Let's just have his head and be done with
GANDALF stares up the long length of the DARK TOWER . . .
No. He has no power any more.
THE OLD ENT nods his head wisely . . .
The filth of Saruman is washing away ...
Trees will come back to live here, young
trees . . . wild trees.
CLOSE ON: PIPPIN, his eye caught by something lying in the WATER
ANGLE ON: The MUDDY waters GLOWING wit a golden light . . .
ARAGORN turns as, quick as a FLASH, PIPPIN has jumped off his
ho rse an d pi cke d u p -- th e PA LAN TIR !
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Well bless my bark!
Peregrin Took! I'll take that, my lad!
PIPPIN doesn't move, his eyes staring in wonder at the smooth
black stone ...
RELUCTANTLY, PIPPIN hands the PALANTIR to GANDALF ... who
immediately smothers it in his cloak.
ANGLE ON: GANDALF looks back at PIPPIN . . . troubled.